The Oilers have signed Keith Aulie to a one-year contract worth $800K.
Aulie, 25, only had one assist with a minus-3 rating in just 15 games with the Lightning this season. He heads to an Oilers team with a young and inexperienced blueline, so he will be given a chance to battle for playing time.
The Oilers have signed Mark Fayne to a four-year, $14 million dollar deal.
Fayne, 27, had 11 points in 72 games with the Devils last season. He heads to Edmonton where he will be one of the older players on what is a very young and inexperienced blueline. He plays a solid defensive game but is not fantasy relevant.
The Oilers have signed Benoit Pouliot to a five-year deal worth $20 million.
Pouliot scored 15 goals and 21 assists (36 points) in 80 games with the Rangers last season. He was also a part of arguably the Rangers best line in the playoffs. He finished the postseason with 10 points (5G / 5A) in 25 games. He could find himself on the wing with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in 2014-15.
The Oilers acquired Teddy Purcell from the Lightning for Sam Gagner.
Purcell is signed through the next two seasons with a $4.5 million dollar cap-hit. The 6-foot-3, 203 lbs. right winger had 12 goals and 30 assists (42 points) in 81 games with the Lightning. Purcell has missed just three games over the last four seasons and is capable of scoring 25 goals with the Oilers this season. He will likely find himself in the Oilers top-6.
The Oilers have signed defenceman Nikita Nikitin to a two--year deal worth $9 million.
The Oilers acquired Nikitin's rights from the Blue Jackets in exchange for a fifth-round pick. The 28-year-old Nikitin has had a very difficult time staying healthy. He missed 16 games this season with a combination of upper and lower-body injuries. He has missed a total of 54 games over the last three seasons (25.5% of games). However, when he is in the lineup he has shown flashes of top-4 defenseman. He had 32 points in his first year with the Blue Jackets but saw his production fall to two goals and 13 assists (15 points) last year.
Pouliot (undisclosed) will be in the Rangers' lineup for game 3.
Pouliot missed practice on Wednesday with what was described as a 'maintenance day'. Pouliot was back on the ice this morning and will be in the lineup tonight at MSG. Pouliot played 13:39 and was a plus-1 with one shot and six hits in game 2. He has three goals and five assists (8 points) in 16 games this postseason.
Scrivens gave up three goals on 33 shots in a 4-1 loss to the Avalanche on Tuesday. The Oilers goalie rotation continues as Scrivnes and Viktor Fasth have now split the last seven games. Scrivens has gone 1-1-0 with a 2.01 GAA and .939 SV% against Vancouver this season (W with LA).
Fasth stopped 34 of 36 shots in a 4-2 win over the Ducks on Sunday. He went 1-1 with a 2.52 GAA and .919 SV% in two straight starts vs. his former team. Fasth has amassed a 3-2-1 record, with a 2.68 GAA and .907 SV% in six starts with the Oilers. Tonight, he will face a familiar foe from his time in Anaheim with the L.A Kings in town.
Scrivens allowed two goals on 26 shots in a shootout win over the Coyotes on Friday. He was then given Sunday night off so Viktor Fasth could face his former team, but will be back in the cage tonight vs. Colorado. Scrivens has lost six of his last nine starts with a 3.87 GAA and .892 SV%.
Fasth gave up three goals on 26 shots in a loss to the Ducks on Wednesday. He will get a second crack at his former team tonight, this time around in Edmonton. Fasth is 2-2-1 with a 2.83 GAA and .896 SV% since coming to Edmonton. There are a number of spot start options on this crucial Sunday, so take a look at your alternatives before going all in on Fasth.
Scrivens allowed five goals on 33 shots in a Tuesday's loss in San Jose. He has allowed a total on 24 goals in his last six appearances (4 G/G). Since coming to Edmonton he has seen his GAA go from 1.97 to 2.55 while his SV% has dropped from .931 to .922. Tonight, he goes up vs. the Coyotes, who are fighting for their playoff lives.
Yakupov (ankle) is not expected to play again this season.
It has been a forgettable season for Yakupov who will look to improve his play in both ends of the rink in 2014-15. At the start of the season he was viewed as a strong keeper option, after this disastrous season there are a number of better options as long as he remains in Edmonton.